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Ambassador to WTO/EFTA

H.E. Harald Neple, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO and EFTA


Date of birth: 20 March 1951


1970-1974 Norwegian School of Business and Administration.

Professional experience:

Present Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO and EFTA

2012-2013 Ambassador/Special envoy for minorities

2011-2012 Senior Advisor/Ambassador Chief negotiator Rio + 20

2006-2011 Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Norway to the OECD and UNESCO

2002-2006 Director General, Department for Trade Policy, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs, MFA

2000-2002 Deputy Director General, WTO/OECD-section, MFA

1999-2000 Special Adviser/Ambassador, Chairman of the Committee of Senior Officials, Council of Baltic Sea States, MFA

1998-1999 Special Adviser/Ambassador, Co-ordinator of Human Security Network, MFA

1994-1998 Minister-Counsellor, Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan

1992-1994 Assistant Director General and head of the GATT Section, MFA

1989-1992 Adviser/Special project coordinator, Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations, MFA

1988-1989 Senior executive officer, trade policy, GATT and bilateral economic relationship with the US, MFA

1986-1988 Senior executive officer, shipping and aviation issues, MFA

1983-1986 Second Secretary, Norwegian Embassy in London, UK dealing with energy and economic issues.

1980-1983 Second Secretary, Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand

1979-1980 Ministry of Foreign Affairs training course

1977-1979 Trainee dealing with energy issues, MFA

1975-1977 Executive officer, Ministry of Trade and Shipping, dealing with commodity agreements and trade in textiles.

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